Sunday, March 06, 2005

Tolerance doesn't mean surrender

Rally pushes for gay unions
Sens. Kate Brown, D-Portland, and Ben Westlund, R-Tumalo, spoke to the crowd of close to 500 people. The lawmakers spoke in favor of House Bill 2519, which would prohibit discrimination in housing, employment, public accommodations, public services and education based on sexual orientation.
Fishwrapper's all across the state covered this story in the exact same way: Picture of two normal looking (as opposed to transvestites) older ladies, picture of "Christian fanatic" with sandwich board saying gays are going to hell, story about a couple (women, because studies have shown that it is easier for people to accept homosexual women than men, this is very calculated) who have children and have been together for many years, and quotes from "Christian fanatics" who are portrayed as the mainstream of people who oppose homosexual unions. The coverage is very predictable.

Justice Scalia, with whom The Chief Justice and Justice Thomas join, dissenting
Scalia's brilliant dissent in the case 5-4 decision prohibiting the death penalty for adults who committed their crimes as juveniles.
For those of you who enjoy legalese there is no one more entertaining to read than Justice Scalia.
Summed up in one sentence:

Because I do not believe that the meaning of our Eighth Amendment, any more than the meaning of other provisions of our Constitution, should be determined by the subjective views of five Members of this Court and like-minded foreigners, I dissent.

Here is Colorado University professor Ward Churchill, appearing on a fawning Bill Maher’s Real Time show
Watch this video!!! (Have a barf bag handy)
Courtesy of LGF

Christian Conservatives Take Lead in Schiavo Case
Christian conservatives opposed to abortion have taken a leading role in the Schiavo right-to-die case, saying the moral issues at stake are identical.

Hearing on voter ID stirs heated debate
A proposal to require evidence of citizenship when registering to vote in Oregon sparked intense debate Friday -- both during and after a legislative hearing.
Because following the law is a matter of debate...
Opponents, however, blasted it as unnecessary "immigrant bashing," and "a solution in search of a problem."
You know what the hardest part of being a Republican is? Scheduling. I have to find time for immigrant bashing, gay bashing, minority bashing, poor people bashing, elderly bashing...

Judge: Christian frat can ban homosexuals
A federal court has ordered the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to reinstate a Christian fraternity which had been denied recognition because its officers refused to sign the university's nondiscrimination policy requiring the group to allow homosexuals to join.
This is outrageous! What's next, the football team refusing to let girls play? Blatant discrimination!

When 'tolerance' backfires
The problem today is those "not believing" are now demonstrating intolerance to those "believing," as seen by many activist court cases to remove God from the Pledge, prohibit Ten Commandments monuments, erase Judeo-Christian symbols off city seals, stop prayer at school ball games and graduations, ban Boy Scouts and Salvation Army, and censor historical documents. They are, in effect, establishing a State Religion of Atheistic Secular Humanism.
Our problem is that we (the good guys) have been too ready to give ground and make concessions. Why are we now arguing that the Ten Commandments should be displayed "because they have a secular purpose" when we should be saying, "Yeah, they are religious but they don't violate the first amendment so quite whining and go back to your soy mocha latte." In making the "secular" argument we are conceding that expressly religious documents can't be displayed by/in/around government institutions. This notion is false but we seem to have given up on that fight.

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